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Energy balance-related behaviors

This section aims to publish studies looking at the health behaviors which may positively or negatively influence the energy balance (physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet/nutrition) and which may be related to weight-status, -gain and -control.

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  1. There are a range of interventions designed to promote healthier food choices in full-service restaurants. However, it is unclear how these interventions affect dietary choices in people of lower and higher so...

    Authors: Lucile Marty, Sasha M. Reed, Andrew J. Jones and Eric Robinson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:975

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  2. The home environment is an important facilitator of young child movement behaviors, including physical activity (PA), sleep, and screen-time. Household chaos, characterized by crowding, noise, and disorder in ...

    Authors: Chelsea L. Kracht, Peter T. Katzmarzyk and Amanda E. Staiano

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:860

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  3. Wearable technologies are being used to provide personalised feedback across multiple physical activity dimensions in countries such as the UK, but their feasibility has not been tested in South Asia, where ph...

    Authors: Carukshi Arambepola, Madhawa Perera, Fiona Gillison, Oliver Peacock and Dylan Thompson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:715

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  4. The extent to which income setting or rural and urban environments modify the association between sleep and obesity in young children is unclear. The aims of this cross-sectional observational study were to (i...

    Authors: Dale E. Rae, Simone A. Tomaz, Rachel A. Jones, Trina Hinkley, Rhian Twine, Kathleen Kahn, Shane A. Norris and Catherine E. Draper

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:571

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  5. Overweight and obesity are major public health problems worldwide, with projections suggesting a proportional increase in the number of affected individuals in developing countries by the year 2030. Evidence-b...

    Authors: Larissa Pone Simo, Valirie Ndip Agbor, Francine Zeuga Temgoua, Leo Cedric Fosso Fozeu, Divine Tim Bonghaseh, Aimé Gilbert Noula Mbonda, Raymond Yurika, Winfred Dotse-Gborgbortsi and Dora Mbanya

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:475

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  6. In the United states obesity and socioeconomic status (SES), or one’s standing in society based on income, education, and/or occupation, are strongly associated. The mechanisms for this relationship may includ...

    Authors: Amanda K. Crandall, Amanda M. Ziegler, Tegan Mansouri, Jalen Matteson, Emily Isenhart, Autum Carter, Katherine N. Balantekin and Jennifer L. Temple

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:402

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  7. Physical activity is a critical component of lifestyle interventions to reduce body weight and maintain weight loss. The goal of this study was to examine the motivations to exercise in young men following a 5...

    Authors: Alexander Wilhelm Gorny, Mui Cheng Low, Andrew Arjun Sayampanathan, Farah Shiraz and Falk Müller-Riemenschneider

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:370

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  8. Obesity in children is one of the most severe public health challenges of the current century and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) frequency is also escalating. More so, the importance of process evaluation (PE...

    Authors: M. Seral-Cortes, P. De Miguel-Etayo, P. Zapata, M. L. Miguel-Berges and L. A. Moreno

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:348

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  9. Although successful, assessment of multi-component initiatives (MCIs) prove to be very challenging. Further, rigorous evaluations may not be viable, especially when assessing the impact of MCIs on long-term po...

    Authors: Tamara Vehige Calise, Natalie Spitzer, Laura Ruggiero, Amanda Ryder, Chloe Wingerter and Ashley Hatcher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:340

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  10. Evidence for the impact of the food retailing environment on food-related and obesity outcomes remains equivocal, but only a few studies have attempted to identify sub-populations for whom this relationship mi...

    Authors: Catherine Paquet, Andre Krumel Portella, Spencer Moore, Yu Ma, Alain Dagher, Michael J. Meaney, James L. Kennedy, Robert D. Levitan, Patricia P. Silveira and Laurette Dube

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:145

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  11. Few studies investigated the associations between dietary patterns and overweight/obesity among Chinese preschool children. Thus, the study aims to explore dietary patterns and their associations with overweig...

    Authors: Kaiyuan MIN, Jing WANG, Wei LIAO, Thomas Astell-Burt, Xiaoqi FENG, Shuya CAI, Yang LIU, Peiwen ZHANG, Fenghua SU, Kexin YANG, Liang SUN, Juan ZHANG, Lianjun WANG, Zechen LIU and Yu JIANG

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:223

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  12. As many children do not meet the recommended daily physical activity (PA) levels, more research is needed towards environmental determinants of children’s PA levels. The aims of this longitudinal study were to...

    Authors: Sanne M. P. L. Gerards, Dave H. H. Van Kann, Stef P. J. Kremers, Maria W. J. Jansen and Jessica S. Gubbels

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:168

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  13. Since prevalence estimates of recommended physical activity (PA) considerably vary between different surveys, prevalence might be crucially affected by the choice of measuring instrument. The aim of the presen...

    Authors: Gerrit Stassen, Kevin Rudolf, Madeleine Gernert, Ansgar Thiel and Andrea Schaller

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:95

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2021 21:683

  14. Over the last 10 years HENRY has been working to reduce and prevent child obesity by training health and early years professionals to deliver its evidence-based programme to parents. The aim and unique contrib...

    Authors: Neil Howlett, Kim P. J. Roberts, Di Swanston, Laurel D. Edmunds and Thomas A. Willis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:46

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  15. Finding effective ways to support people aged > 50 years to develop adequate levels of physical activity and sedentary behavior is necessary as these behaviors are positively related to the maintenance of func...

    Authors: Marie Vermote, Tom Deliens, Benedicte Deforche and Eva D’Hondt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:38

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  16. Whether and to what extent outdoor activity and screen time are relevant to adiposity among rural adolescents remain largely unknown as most of relevant evidence was generated from high-income countries and ur...

    Authors: Youjie Zhang, Xiaofan Zhang, Jun Li, Hua Zhong and Chen-Wei Pan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1769

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  17. Childhood obesity is still a major health problem in many countries, including Sweden. Childhood obesity and obesity-related behaviours in childhood, such as low physical activity and unhealthy eating habits, ...

    Authors: Hanna Henriksson, Christina Alexandrou, Pontus Henriksson, Maria Henström, Marcus Bendtsen, Kristin Thomas, Ulrika Müssener, Per Nilsen and Marie Löf

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1756

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  18. Children from racial and ethnic minority groups, low-income households, and those with overweight or obesity gain more weight during the summer than the school year. Summer day camps, which offer routine oppor...

    Authors: E. Whitney Evans, Rena R. Wing, Denise F. Pierre, Whitney C. Howie, Morgan Brinker and Elissa Jelalian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1732

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  19. There are limited studies on the prevalence of adherence to the combined guidelines for physical activity (PA), sedentary behavior, and sleep in children and adolescents. Moreover, little is known about correl...

    Authors: Lukáš Rubín, Aleš Gába, Jan Dygrýn, Lukáš Jakubec, Eliška Materová and Ondřej Vencálek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1692

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  20. On the basis of the integration constructs from self-determination theory (SDT) and achievement goal theory (AGT), this study aims to investigate the relationship among classroom motivational climate from four...

    Authors: Ruzhuan Chen, Lijuan Wang, Bingnan Wang and Yulan Zhou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1687

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  21. Policing is a highly stressful and increasingly sedentary occupation. The study aim was to assess the acceptability and impact of a mobile health (mHealth) technology intervention (Fitbit® activity monitor and...

    Authors: Sarah Ann Buckingham, Karyn Morrissey, Andrew James Williams, Lisa Price and John Harrison

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1645

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  22. Preventing childhood obesity is a public health challenge of the twenty-first century and it must be a priority. Governments play a major role in creating and supporting a healthy school environment and should...

    Authors: Raquel J. Ferreira, Telma Nogueira, Vitória Dias da Silva, Mariana Liñan Pinto, Joana Sousa, Ana Margarida Pereira, Paulo Jorge Nogueira, Rute Borrego, Ana Raposo, João Martins, Marcos Onofre, Adilson Marques, António Rodrigues, Ana Quitério and António Pereira

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1615

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  23. This study aims to determine the prevalence of physical inactivity in Iranian adolescents aged 10–12 years and the impact of socioeconomic inequality on it.

    Authors: Ghobad Moradi, Farideh Mostafavi, Bakhtiar Piroozi, Bushra Zareie, Marzieh Mahboobi and Mohammad Aziz Rasouli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1499

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  24. Schools play an important role in providing access to physical activity opportunities for children. There are common economic and gender disparities in physical activity and health-related fitness among childr...

    Authors: Timothy J. Walker, Derek W. Craig, Andjelka Pavlovic, Shelby Thiele and Harold W. Kohl III

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1495

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  25. Excessive screen time behaviors performed by children and parents at home is a major public health concern. Identifying whether child and parent screen time behaviors cluster and understanding correlates of th...

    Authors: Lauren Arundell, Kate Parker, Anna Timperio, Jo Salmon and Jenny Veitch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1492

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  26. ‘Food variety’ is a key term that is frequently used in dietary guidelines around the world. Consuming a variety of foods – be it within a meal, across meals, or as part of the whole diet – is one factor that ...

    Authors: Rochelle Embling, Aimee E. Pink, Michelle D. Lee, Menna Price and Laura L. Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1449

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  27. Whether physical activity can reduce cardiometabolic risk particularly in understudied populations such as US Hispanics/Latinos is of public health interest. We prospectively examined the association of physic...

    Authors: Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Simin Hua, Qibin Qi, Garrett Strizich, Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, Gregory A. Talavera, Kelly R. Evenson, Marc D. Gellman, Mark Stoutenberg, Sheila F. Castañeda, Linda C. Gallo, Krista M. Perreira, Lisa A. P. Sanchez-Johnsen and Robert C. Kaplan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1400

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  28. Norwegian children have a lower intake of fruit, vegetables, and a higher intake of unhealthy snacks compared to dietary guidelines. Such dietary inadequacies may be detrimental for their current and future he...

    Authors: Frøydis N. Vik, Kaia E. P. Heslien, Wendy Van Lippevelde and Nina C. Øverby

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1369

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  29. COVID-19 restrictions such as the closure of schools and parks, and the cancellation of youth sports and activity classes around the United States may prevent children from achieving recommended levels of phys...

    Authors: Genevieve F. Dunton, Bridgette Do and Shirlene D. Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1351

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  30. The purpose of this study was to examine whether extended use of a variety of screen-based devices, in addition to television, was associated with poor dietary habits and other health-related characteristics a...

    Authors: Maricarmen Vizcaino, Matthew Buman, Tyler DesRoches and Christopher Wharton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1295

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  31. Lifestyles habits such as eating unhealthy foodscommence at home and are associated with the development of obesity and comorbidities such as insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and chronic degenerative di...

    Authors: Iris Nallely López-Contreras, Jenny Vilchis-Gil, Miguel Klünder-Klünder, Salvador Villalpando-Carrión and Samuel Flores-Huerta

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1240

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  32. The study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of the European Feel4Diabetes intervention, promoting a healthy lifestyle, on physical activity and its correlates among families at risk for type 2 diabetes me...

    Authors: Nele Huys, Vicky Van Stappen, Samyah Shadid, Marieke De Craemer, Odysseas Androutsos, Katja Wikström, Konstantinos Makrilakis, Luis A. Moreno, Violeta Iotova, Tsvetalina Tankova, Anna Nánási, Yannis Manios and Greet Cardon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1231

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  33. Maternal undernutrition is a pervasive health problem among Ethiopian mothers. This study aims at identifying the level of maternal undernutrition and its associated factors in Kilte Awaleo-Health and Demograp...

    Authors: Semaw Ferede Abera, Eva Johanna Kantelhardt, Afework Mulugeta Bezabih, Mache Tsadik, Judith Lauvai, Gebisa Ejeta, Andreas Wienke, Jan Frank and Veronika Scherbaum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1214

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  34. Undernourished people have an increased risk of premature mortality from both infectious and non-communicable diseases. Aside from screening purposes, assessment of nutritional status is a useful tool in manag...

    Authors: Lene Thorup, Sophie Amalie Hamann, Per Kallestrup, Vibeke Elisabeth Hjortdal, Ashish Tripathee, Dinesh Neupane and Cecilie Blenstrup Patsche

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1187

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  35. Canadians spend the majority of their days sedentary. Gender and education are important social determinants of health that impact health behaviours. There is evidence that gender and educational differences i...

    Authors: Stephanie A. Prince, Karen C. Roberts, Alexandria Melvin, Gregory P. Butler and Wendy Thompson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1170

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  36. The associations between various kinds of parental support and children and adolescents’ physical activity (PA) are inconclusive. This study aimed 1) to examine the associations between various kinds of parent...

    Authors: Jin-Tao Hong, Si-Tong Chen, Yan Tang, Zhen-Bo Cao, Jie Zhuang, Zheng Zhu, Peijie Chen and Yang Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1161

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  37. This review examines the effectiveness of diet and physical activity interventions to reduce cardiometabolic risk among Chinese immigrants and their descendants living in high income countries. The objective o...

    Authors: Jeannette M. Beasley, Janelle M. Wagnild, Tessa M. Pollard, Timothy R. Roberts and Nasima Ahkter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1019

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  38. Community-based weight loss programs may have potential to address overweight and obesity at the population level. However, participation patterns and individual outcomes from these programs are understudied. ...

    Authors: Erika Bohn-Goldbaum, Aaron Cashmore, Rose Fonua, Andrew Milat, Kate Reid, Leah Shepherd, Adrian Bauman and Anne C. Grunseit

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1003

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  39. Physical activity and dietary change programmes play a central role in addressing public health priorities. Programme evaluation contributes to the evidence-base about these programmes; and helps justify and i...

    Authors: Judith F. Fynn, Wendy Hardeman, Karen Milton and Andy P. Jones

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1000

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  40. The majority of children and adolescents are insufficiently physically active. Self-efficacy is considered one of the most important determinants of physical activity (PA). The purpose of this study was to val...

    Authors: Joachim Bachner, David J. Sturm, Stephan Haug and Yolanda Demetriou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:979

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  41. Physical activity is known to provide important health benefits in children ages 3 years and above, but little is known about the effects of physical activity on health in very young children under age 3. LAUN...

    Authors: Russell R. Pate, Edward A. Frongillo, Kerry Cordan, Marsha Dowda, Alexander C. McLain, Myriam E. Torres, William H. Brown, Agnes Bucko and Emily R. Shull

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:931

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  42. The inverse association between physical activity and body fat percentage (%) varies among different populations. We aim to examine whether the significant association between them was uniform across the subpo...

    Authors: Qinpei Zou, Chang Su, Wenwen Du, Yifei Ouyang, Huijun Wang, Zhihong Wang, Gangqiang Ding and Bing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:732

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  43. The World Health Organization (WHO-2007) and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF-Cole) systems assess child weight status. However, derived estimations often differ. We aimed to a) compare the prevalenc...

    Authors: Wilton Pérez, Paul Melgar, Ana Garcés, Ana Daysi de Marquez, Gerardo Merino and Carolina Siu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:687

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  44. Behavioural approaches to weight loss are often initially successful but less so in the longer term, as some people maintain the necessary behaviour changes while others do not. This study aimed to derive poss...

    Authors: Leon Poltawski, Samantha Barbara van Beurden, Sarah Morgan-Trimmer and Colin Greaves

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:573

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  45. There is little information about the diet, lifestyle and parental characteristics associated with habitual sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption in Asian children. The aim of the present study was to ass...

    Authors: Leng Huat Foo, Ying Huoy Lee, Che Yahya Suhaida and Andrew P. Hills

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:552

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